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Nerdist Playlist: Here’s What We Hope is on Peter Quill’s Awesome Mix Vol. 2

Spoilers below. Be good to yourself and go see Guardians if you haven’t!

America is hooked on a feeling (Ooga Chaka!). Peter Quill’s Awesome Mix Vol. 1 from Guardians of the Galaxy just officially topped the Billboard 200 chart at the #1 spot while Star-Lord, Groot, and the rest of the Guardian gang continue to slay in the box office.

The final scene of Guardians of the Galaxy is one of those gloriously triumphant scenes, wherein we feel satisfied with narrative, but also prepared for the sequel and all the action that will entail. The real cliff-hanger, however, is what will be on Peter Quill’s Awesome Mix Vol. 2. The music was such a significant stylistic device and narrative mechanism through which to understand Quill as a sympathetic character. In short, we are dying to know what will be on that cassette tape.

After a very serious and formal office poll (lol), we have compiled a wish-list/projection playlist about the ’60s and ’70s rock and soul gems we are hoping Peter Quill’s mom put on the Awesome Mix Vol. 2. We also had some help from this interview with James Gunn about how he approached the soundtrack. We already know that “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” will appear on the upcoming mixtape, but the rest of the playlist was guesswork about how groovy a lady Meredith Quill was. Though Star-Lord is an ’80s kid, we expanded upon the same era of soul, smooth rock, and somewhat underrated pop that was explored on Vol. 1 (so sad that Flock Of Seagulls’ “Space Age Love Song” is D/Q’ed right off the bat, but maybe there will be a certain Doctor Who playlist in the future where it will find a cozy space-home).

Below you will find a f*cking rad playlist that we can see soundtracking Gamora-Quill sexual tension, valiant yet self interested displays of heroism, and of course, sing-along diversions that our heroes will hopefully be able to use against Thanos.

What songs do you think absolutely have to be on the Awesome Mix Vol. 2? Sound off on the comments below and let us know on Twitter!

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  • Thin Lizzy – “The Boys are Back in Town” 
    Steve Miller Band – “The Joker” 
    Steppenwolf – “Magic Carpet Ride” 
    Lipps Inc. – “Funkytown” 
    Blue Öyster Cult – “Take Me Away” 
    Slade – “Run Runaway” 
    Three Dog Night – “Shambala” 
    The Beach Boys – “Good Vibrations” 
    Blondie – “One Way or Another” 
    Bon Jovi – “Livin’ on a Prayer” 
    Eddy Grant – “Electric Avenue” 
    Elton John – “Rocket Man” 
    Guns ‘N’ Roses – “Paradise City”

    Chocolate – “You Sexy Thing” 

    Johnny Cash – “A Boy Named 

    Bob Seger – “Katmandu” 

    Queen – “Fat Bottomed Girls” 

    Ray Parker Jr. – “Ghostbusters Theme” 
    Rick Astley – “Never Gonna Give You Up” 

    Quincy Jones – “The Streebeater” 
    Survivor – “Eye of the Tiger” 

    Lynyrd Skynyrd – “Free Bird” 
     If it wasn’t obvious, I’ve thought about this extensively. These are just a few tracks from my own playlist, “Ultimate Mix Vol. 1″. Most of these are straightforward, but a couple are purely for fun. Ghostbusters and The Streetbeater (AKA Sanford and Son Theme) are meant more for the laughs than to be actual tracks on an album. I’d love an obscure Ghostbusters reference akin to Footloose in the next Guardians. Another fun track would be “A Boy Named Sue”. I would imagine Gunn using it (or just the instrumental) in the background if Quill ends up butting heads with his old man in the sequel. 
     Hope this list is helpful for anyone looking to add more Guardians-esque music to their lives. :)

  • I also created a “Vol. 2″ on spotify… here are a few of my 70’s singles:

    All by myself – Eric Carmen
    No Matter What – Badfinger
    Magic – Pilot
    Lean on Me – Bill Withers
    Play that funky music – Wild Cherry
    Sara Smile – Hall & Oates
    You’re my best friend – Queen
    Alone Again (Naturally) – Gilbert O’Sullivan
    The Night Chicago Died – Paper Lace
    Hold the Line – Toto
    My Sharona – The Knack
    Oh Girl – The Chi-Lites
    Will it Go Round In Circles – Billy Preston
    The Loco-Motion – Grand Funk
    Love is like oxygen – Sweet
    Blinded by the light – Manfred Mann’s Earth Band
    Baby come back – Player

  • David Bowie – Suffragette CityThin Lizzy – JailbreakMarsha Hunt – (Oh No! Not!) the Beast DayThe Who – Anyway, Anyhow, AnywhereShocking Blue – VenusPremiata Forneria Marconi – CelebrationCream – Rollin’ and Tumblin’Hansson & Karlsson – Tax FreeThe 13th Floor Elevators – You’re Gonna Miss MeJacques Dutronc – Le ResponsableSweet – Ballroom BlitzSlade – Gudbuy T’JaneThe Groundhogs – Cherry RedThe Groundhogs – Strange TownCaptain Beefheart – Diddy Wah DiddyQueen – See What A Fool I’ve BeenStyx – Miss AmericaThunderclap Newman – AccidentsManfred Mann’s Chapter Three – One Way GlassThe Pretty Things – Cries from the Midnight Circus

  • I came up with a list of the playlist and there might be some criticism of this. (I forgot to put the numbers in there) 
    1. David Bowie – Suffragette City
    2. Thin Lizzy – Jailbreak
    3. Marsha Hunt – (Oh No! Not!) the Beast Day
    4. The Who – Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere
    5. Shocking Blue – Venus
    6. Premiata Forneria Marconi – Celebration
    7. Cream – Rollin’ and Tumblin’
    8. Hansson & Karlsson – Tax Free
    9. The 13th Floor Elevators – You’re Gonna Miss Me
    10. Jacques Dutronc – Le Responsable
    11. Sweet – Ballroom Blitz
    12. Slade – Gudbuy T’Jane
    13. The Groundhogs – Cherry Red
    14. The Groundhogs – Strange Town
    15. Captain Beefheart – Diddy Wah Diddy
    16. Queen – See What A Fool I’ve Been
    17. Styx – Miss America
    18. Thunderclap Newman – Accidents
    19. Manfred Mann’s Chapter Three – One Way Glass
    20.The Pretty Things – Cries from the Midnight Circus

  • Shining Star – Earth Wind and FireEverybody Plays the Fool – Main IngredientLove Train – The O’JaysWerewolves of London – Warren ZevonMidnight Train to Georgia – Gladys Knight & the PipsAin’t No Sunshine – Bill Withers

  • I had a few in mind… 
    My tastes lean more toward the punk side, so this is by no means complete.
    The Clash – Rudie Can’t FailThe Creation – Biff Bang PowDavid Bowie – Holy HolyFrance Gall – Laisse tomber les fillesGeneration X – Promises PromisesKing Crimson – 21st Century Schizoid Man (or Court of the Crimson King, depends on what scene it’d set)Queen – Stone Cold CrazyShangri-Las – Give Him a Great Big KissStooges – TV EyeTom Waits – Downtown TrainVelvet Underground – Rock ‘n RollThe Who – Armenia City in the SkyYes – Beyond and Before

  • Queen (just about anything, really): ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’, ‘Killer Queen’, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, ‘Another One Bites the Dust’. 
    David Bowie: ‘Under Pressure’, ‘Let’s Dance’. 
    One can never go wrong a little but of The Rolling Stones: ‘Paint It Black’, ‘Sympathy for the Devil’, ‘Start Me Up’, ‘It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll’. 
    Led Zeppelin: ‘Black Dog’, ‘Immigrant Song’, ‘Cashmere’, ‘Stairway to Heaven’.
    Peter Frampton: ‘Baby, I love Your Way’
    Elvis (because who doesn’t love the King?!): ‘Shake, Rattle & Roll’, ‘Kentucky Rain’, ‘Fools Rush In’, ‘Trouble’, ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love’, ‘(You’re The) Devil in Disguise’, ‘Jailhouse Rock’.
    AC/DC: ‘Highway to Hell’, ‘Hells Bells’, ‘Shoot to Thrill’, ‘Back in Black, ‘You Shook Me All Night Long’, ‘For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)’.
    Elton John: ‘Rocket Man’, ‘Don’t Go Breaking My Heart’, ‘I’m Still Standing’.
    The Georgia Satellites: ‘Keep Your Hands to Yourself’.
    The Supremes
    Diana Ross
    Donna Summer
    Aretha Franklin
    Tina Turner: ‘Better Be Good to Me’, ‘What’s Love Got to Do with It’, ‘We Don’t Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)’.
    Creedence Clearwater Revival
    Mountain: ‘Mississippi Queen’.